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THE ADL AND ORGANIZED CRIME 
CHAPTER X 

One of America's foremost experts on organized crime. Hank Messick, 
reports that Meyer Lansky, the Russian-born Jewish mobster who was the 
Chairman of the Board of the National Crime Syndicate (NCS), had two 
dreams s 

One was to transform the North American criminal underworld 
syndicate into the most powerful business and financial combine in e 
world, making big time crime so insulated and so “respectable tn 
would be untouchable by any government prosecutors • 

The second was to "buy up" Israel and convert it into the world 
capitol of his "legitimized" organized crime empire. 

Although Lansky died before he saw either dream come true, over tne 
past decade since his death, Lansky's twin goals have both become 
reality. One of the major vehicle through which the Lansky dreams 
became real was the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith. 

As we have seen in previous chapters, from its founding at the turn 
of the twentieth century, the ADL was first and foremost a defense 
agency for the Jewish wing of organized crime. Anytime police or the 
press attempted to probe the role of Jewish gangsters in the growing 
National Crime Syndicate, the ADL would target them as anti-semites. 

One of the clearest indicators of the ADL's successful defense 
effort is the fact that the National Crime Syndicate, the most powerful 
criminal enterprise in the United States, run for fifty years by Meyer 
Lansky, was virtually unheard of. At the peak of Lansky's power, he 
maintained an absolute control over the infamous Sicilian Mafia 
( "Honored Society" ) , which was just one participating organization in 
the National Crime Syndicate. 

The National Crime Syndicate, in keeping with Lansky's dream of 
"legitimizing" organized crime, was modeled on the National 
Reconstruction Administration (NRA) , the Franklin Roosevelt New Deal 
agency responsible for oversseing public works projects from coast to 
coast. The NCS adopted the NRA' s regional structure, in which decision 
making fell on a National Commission equally representing eacl 
geographic subdivision. The National Commission structure ain d at 
insuring the spread of organized crime into every community ih. /che 
country - not just the major cities that had been traditionally hubs of 
mob activity: New York, New Orleans, Chicago. It also aimed at 

creating a self-policing system that would avert outbreaks of gang 
warfare which might bring law enforcement pressure and public outrage 
down on the crime syndicate. The Prohibition Era "Capone Wars" in 
Chicago had seriously weakened the crime syndicate, and Lansky intended 
to insure that no such petty rivalries interfered with his grand scheme 

Meyer Lansky was the undisputed Chairman of the Board of the 
National Crime Syndicate. 

[It is no coincidence that in its own postwar reorganization, the 
ADL would adopt the identical structure of the National Crime Syndicate 
even calling its governing body the National Commission.] 

In return for its services to the Jewish mob, the ADL enjoyed the 


financial benefits that go along with fronting for organized crime. ADL 
fundraising drives, as well as allied Jewish charities, received floods 
of contributions from syndicate allies of the Chairman of the Board, 

Meyer Lansky. Although there is no known evidence that Lansky ever 
donated to the ADL in his own name, such lifetime syndicate allies as 
joe binsey, Victor Posner, Meshulim Riklis, Edmond Safra, Moe Dalitz, 

Sam Miller and Morris Shanker gave publicly to the League. In 1985, the 
ADL's own monthly <Bulletin> proudly announced on its front page that 
the League had awarded syndicate bigshot Moe Dalitz its Philanthropist 
of the Year award. Dalitz 's photograph, which had been plastered all 
over FBI wanted posters in U.S. Post Offices during the Prohibition 
period, accompanied the frontpage tribute to the Cleveland and Las 
Vegas-based gangster. 

Dalitz was one of the early crime syndicate allies of Meyer Lansky. 
He was one of four chieftans of the Cleveland underworld - along with 
three other Jewish gangsters: Morris Kleinman, Sam Tucker and Louis 

Rothkopf . Following Prohibition, Dalitz became the undisputed boss of 
Cleveland, expanding his criminal operations to include gambling clubs 
in Miami. One of those night spots, the Frolics Club, was co-owned by 
Dalitz and Lansky himself. When Lansky moved into Cuba to open up his 
first offshore gambling, narcotics and money laundering haven, Dalitz 
was brought in as a privileged partner. When Lansky decided it was 
necessary to eliminate one of his earliest syndicate partners, Benjamin 
"Bugsy" Siegel from Las Vegas, Dalitz was cut in on a lion's share of 
the casinos and related underworld businesses. Right up to Lansky's 
final days, Dalitz was an intimate associate and frequent visitor at 
Lansky's Miami Beach apartment. 

By 1963, at the point that the ADL was ready to abandon its 25 year 
joint fundraising enterprise with the rival American Jewish Committee 
(AJC), the League assured its financial success by naming as its 
national chairman the well-known Hollywood producer Dore Schary. By 
this point in time, Meyer Lansky's campaign to sanitize the Jewish 
syndicate image had already advanced to the point that it was safe for 
the ADL to draw upon Schary 's name in its fundraising appeals. 

Schary was known throughout Hollywood as a lifetime friend and 
protege of another one of Lansky's top lieutenants, Abner "Longie" 
Zwillman, the boss of Atlantic City, New Jersey who was one of the first 
members of the National Crime Syndicate to invest heavily in Hollywood. 
Zwillman was an original member of Murder, Inc. - the National Crime 
Syndicate's assassination squad run personally by Meyer Lansky and 
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. During the Prohibition Period, Zwillman had 
been a member of the "Big Seven," an east coast group of Lansky allies 
who controlled the distribution of bootlegged booze, smuggled in from 
Canada where it was produced by the Sam Bronfman Gang. After the 
elimination of New Jersey mob rivals Irving Wexler ("Waxie" Gordon) and 
Arthur Flegenheimer ("Dutch Schultz"), Zwillman took over all syndicate 
rackets in the state, eventually expanding his holdings to Las Vegas 
gambling casinos and then into the Hollywood motion picture studios 
When Zwillman fell ill and threatened to expose Lansky to renewed 
government investigations, the syndicate's National Commission agreed 
that the New Jersey crime boss should be eliminated. On February 27 

tnw' ? w £ llman was found dead in the basement of his twenty room mansion 
in West Orange, New Jersey. Local police wrote off his death as a 


-suicide but it was widely known that he had been executed by the verv 
Murder, E Ppara * us that ^ had helped to found. Y ^ 

become national chairman of the ADL four years 


later, Dore Schary, was widely reported to have attended Zwillman' 
funeral, a claim Schary denied. 

T* 1 ® fhf e f al 4 -? Ureau investigations was not so sure that Schary was 
telling *, In a len gthy background report on Schary written by 

the Newark FBI Field Office on August 2, 1961, the following interesting 
observat ions were made about both Schary and Zwillman: 

. !J e ^v P f P v r cll PP in g dated March 4, 1959 reflects that Dore Schary 
denied that he attended the funeral of Abner Zwillman. This clipping 
reflects that Schary said he was correcting for the record published 
reports that he attended the funeral. Schary in this clipping denied 
that he was a close friend of Zwillman and stated he had not seen 
Zwillman since thirty years ago at the Newark YM-YWHA, where he was 
directing . amateur theatricals . " 

Organized crime experts charge that Dore Schary got his start in 
Hollywood under the patronage of Zwillman , who was one of the first 
National Crime Syndicate commissioners to be given the franchise to 
invest Prohibition bootlegging profits in the movie industry. 

The FBI report continued: 

"On February 26, 1959, [deleted] West Orange, New Jersey Police 
Department, advised SA [deleted] that ABNER " LONG IE" ZWILLMAN had 
committed suicide by hanging in the basement of his home at 50 Beverly 
Road, West Orange, New Jersey, on that date. 

"An article in the February 28, 1959 issue of the New York 'World 
Telegram, ' a daily New York, New York newspaper, stated that 'Abner 
(Longie) Zwillman was the perfect underworld czar - one who wielded 
immense power from the shadows . . . Nobody . . . followed so successfully 
for so long the approved underworld formula for success — from rags to 
rackets to riches to respectability. Longie Zwillman, who headed a $50 
million bootlegging ring in Prohibition days, followed the pattern to 
perfection and in his later years lived grandly behind theprotective 
facade of his 20-room mansion in West Orange - and made angry noises 
about suing people who charged he was still a racketeer. 

"'Some of the steam went out of the pretense, however, after the 
Kefaufer crime probe. Zwillman vanished when investigators wanted words 
with him, and when the committee did finally induce him to accept a 
subpoena he had to plead the Fifth Amendment against possible 
self-incrimination 41 times ... He early found his way into the numbers 
racket, and when Prohibition came along he became one of the czars of 
the New Jersey rum-running fleet ... He began funneling his millions 
into legitimate enterprises . . . and it was not until the Kefaufer 
investigation that some of these innocent-appearing fronts were exposed 
... He parlayed his ill-gotten millions into statewide power in New 
Jersey ... in 1952 the Department of Internal Revenue slapped a $940,000 
income tax lien against him, and in 1956, he went on trial for income 
tax evasion. He was acquitted. But just this month the Federal Bureau 
of Investigation charged that a juror had been bribed and began making 
arrests • ' M 

The " appointment of Dore Schary as national chairman of the ADL, a 
post he held from 1963-1969, was symbolic. The Jewish syndicate was 
ready to go public, and it would no longer be necessary for the ADL to 


conceal its longstanding deep crime links. 

One of the oldest and strongest ties between the League and the 
National Crime Syndicate centered around one of the mob's favorite New 
york City banks, the Sterling National Bank. According to accounts by 
organized crime specialists. Sterling National was founded in 1929 by 
one of Meyer Lansky's closest syndicate associates, Frank Erickson. 
Erickson was one of Lansky's chief money handlers. After the November 
1926 assassination of Arnold Rothstein, the predecessor to Lansky as the 
"Brains’ or the Jewish mob, Lansky personally arranged for Erickson to 
take oyer the management of the syndicate's nationwide bookmaking 
operations. Erickson was Lansky's money handler in several major 
business ventures including Lansky's hidden ownership of racetracks in 
Florida and casinos in Nevada, according to Lansky biographer Hank 

Sterling National Bank was also the syndicate's "factor” bank in the 
New York garment center - doling out high interest short term loans 

to enable the thousands of small clothing manufacturers to purchase raw 
materials. The loans were collateralized by the garment companies' 
accounts-receivable. it was a quasi-legalized form of loan sharking. 
Erickson's relationship to Meyer Lansky gave Sterling National virtually 
unchallenged control over the garment center. 

In 1934, Theodore H. Silbert joined the bank. By 1945, he was 
President. Under Silbert, Sterling National was restructured in 1966, 
becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Financial Corporation, 
which in turn was wholly owned by Sterling Bancorp, a holding company 
whose shares were sold on the New York Stock Exchange. Silbert was the 
chairman, director and chief executive officer of all three 
corporations . 

Silbert was also a lifelong member of the Anti-Defamation League, 
serving on the National Commission and the National Executive Committee 
as the ADL's Treasurer, and directing ADL's fundraising drive, the ADL 
Appeal (to which mobster Moe Dalitz and many other Lansky frontmen 
contributed). Silbert is today an Honorary Vice Chairman of the ADL. 

Sterling National Bank is the ADL's bank. According to ADL 
financial records on file with the Internal Revenue Service, up through 
1976, Sterling National Bank and Standard Financial Corporation were the 
only outside institutions in which the ADL made any investments (the 
only exception being a $5,000 one time investment in the American Bank 
and Trust Company, headed by ADL National Commissioner and one-time 
B'nai Brith International President Phillip Klutznick). The ADL 
Appeal's bank account was at Sterling. After 1978, the ADL transferred 
all of its banking and investment activities - including the ADL 
Foundation - to Sterling National Bank, according to several sources in 
the financial community familiar with the League's activities. 

Although Silbert was apparently installed as Sterling's chief 
financial officer to conceal the bank's links to the National Crime 
Syndicate, the ADL fundraiser did not do a very good job of insulatina 
the bank from charges of crime ties. y 

As of 1982, Sterling National Bank and its associated bank holdino 
companies, were the targets of three civil suits, all charging that the 
bank had engaged in fraud and theft conspiracies. The charges leveled 
against Sterling National Bank were identical to the more recent 
criminal charges successfully brought against ADL linked junk bond 




■tfindlers ant i inside traders Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken. 

* in 1979, Daniel Meister sued Sterling National Bank, Standard 
Factors, Brooke and Taylor, Reed and Dunmore, Bernard Spector and Marvin 
Lilerman in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New 
york. The case number was 79 CIV 3040. Meister charged that Tallerman 
had looted his own company, Latin American Resources, in collusion with 
Sterling National Bank, in order to defraud investors. The modus 
operandi of the theft is suggestive of how Sterling "washes” illegal 
funds into the ADL. 

Tallerman converted $880,000 of his company's assets into a letter 
of credit which was issued to a dummy company in New Jersey which he 
owned. Sterling National Bank funneled the money into a series of 
offshore bank accounts in Panama and Switzerland. Tallerman defaulted 
on the loans to his own company and made off with the cash - courtesy of 
Sterling's offshore laundering skills. Tallerman pled guilty to 
criminal charges, in addition to the civil suit, which named Sterling 
National Banks' chief of factoring, Jordan Posh, as a co-conspirator. 

* In a similar scheme several years earlier. Sterling was charged 
in another civil law suit in federal court with conspiring with a number 
of other banks to conceal a publicly traded company's insolvency in 
order to loot the public by soliciting investments in a company that was 
already bankrupt. In 1976, David Haber initiated a class action suit 
against Jerome, Norman and Raphael Dansker, the owners of Investors 
Funding Corporation. IFC, founded in 1946, was driven into bankrupcy in 
1974, at which point Sterling, along with Israel Discount Bank, Barclays 
Bank and a number of other corporations, continued to peddle IFC stock 
and divert these funds into hidden accounts - fully knowing that the 
company had gone under. 

The biggest bank fraud scandal involving Sterling played out in the 
early 1980s, amid a backdrop of international terrorism. In December 
1981, terrorists from the Italian Red Brigades kidnapped General James 
Dozier, the commander of NATO forces in Italy. In a radical departure 
from the normal hostage rescue methods, the Italian government began an 
across-the-board crackdown on Mafia operations throughout Italy and 
Sicily, even attacking known mob financial operations in New York City. 
The theory behind the rescue effort was that the crime syndicate would 
help the Italians and Americans free General Dozier in order to get the 
government to ease up on the pressure, which was costing the syndicate 
billions of dollars and jeopardizing their infrastructure. The Italian 
government had by this point figured out that the terrorist 
infrastructure inside the country was tied to more traditional criminal 
underworld networks, obtaining weapons, safehouses and phony 
identification papers from the mob in return for aiding in the smuggling 
of illegal narcotics and the carrying out of kidnappings. 

This radical approach to dealing with terrorism - literally forcing 
organized crime to aid the government rescue effort - did eventually 
lead to the freeing of General Dozier and the apprehension of the Red 
Brigade kidnappers. 

In the process of the operation, a curious thing happened which had 
major implications for the ADL and its own links to organized crime. On 
January 29, 1982, the Italian government, acting through Adolfo 
Dolmetta, Giovanni Rubboli and Vittorio Coda, filed a civil suit in the 
Federal District Court of the Southern District of New York charging 


**tructive trust, conspiracy to defraud, fraud and breach of 
27 a, clary duty." Named among the defendants were Sterling Bancorp, 
irfndard Prudential Corporation (formerly Financial Corporation) and 
furling National Bank and Trust Company of New York. The plaintiffs 
ore Italian government-appointed liquidators of the Banca Privata 
rraliana, S.p.A. They charged that Sterling National had participated 
7 n a n international money laundering scheme to help Italian banker 
Michele Sindona steal $27 million in deposits from Banca Privata and 
another Milan bank, Banca Unione duirng 1973-74. 

According to the civil complaint filed in the Southern District 
court, "BPI was ordered into liquidation by the Italian Ministry of the 
Treasury on or about September 27, 1974. The initial liquidator or bpi, 
Giorgio Ambrosoli, was murdered in July 1979. In or about July 1981, a 
warrant of arrest for the murder of Ambrosoli was issued against Sindona 
by the Inquiring Judge of Milan, in the framework of the penal 
proceeding commenced in Milan in or about 1980 against Sindona and 

Following the Ambrosoli assassination, the three plaintiffs were 
appointed as the Banca Privata liquidators. The January 1981 suit 
against Sterling National Bank was part of the Mafia crackdown operation 
initiated by the Italian authorities to force the syndicate's 
cooperation in the rescue of General Dozier. Sindona was later linked 
to the Propaganda Due Freemasonic Lodge, a crime-tainted grouping 
implicated in the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II in May 


1981 . 

Sterling National Bank was charged in the civil suit with helping 
Sindona to steal $27,180,000 in BPI and Banca Unione deposits through an 
elaborate money laundering scheme involving dummy companies in 
Switzerland, Luxembourg, Utah and Deleware. The theft scheme was 
triggered by the collapse of Franklin National Bank, a Long Island, New 
York bank in which Sindona was heavily invested. To cover his pending 
losses in the Franklin failure, Sindona apparently began looting funds 
on deposit in other banks that he controlled. Among the co-defendants 
with Sindona and Sterling National was the former Nixon Administration 
Secretary of the Treasury, David Kennedy, a business partner of Sindona 
at the time of the Franklin National collapse. Sterling helped Sindona 
conceal the stolen funds by mediating the purchase of stock in a New 
York City factoring company, Talcott National Company - a move that 
Sterling concealed from the Federal Reserve Board in violation of U.S. 
law. Sterling then "loaned" Sindona $2.7 million. The loan was 
collateralized by Sindona turning over the Talcott stock to Sterling, 
which Sterling later "sold" to David Kennedy - with funds provided by 
Sterling National Bank. The elaborate shell game enabled Sindona to 
conceal - for a period of time — the theft. 

The Banca Privata scam was a classic operation right out of the pages 
of Meyer Lansky's organized crime handbook. Sterling's expertise was 
not Burprising. Its board of directors included several experts in 
financial magic - including at least two men who would go on to assume 
prominent positions in the Reagan-Bush administration. Both men were 
also major backers of the Anti-Defamation League* 

* Maxwell Rabb, the Vice Chairman of the powerful New York State 
ADL and a Sterling National Bank director, became the Ambassador to 
Italy under President Ronald Reagan. Rabb maintained close ties to the 


tig Jewish mob attorney Roy Marcus Cohn throughout his d 
ting in Rome - R *bb's daughter, although an Mierican citizen, wa ^ 
^financial advisor to the government of San Marino , a t Y 

Italian border which was run by the Italian Communx countrv in 

th f or ious for having the loosest banking regulations of Y fY 

?he free world. Rabb had been a key ADL politico dating back to^he ^ 
Time of the Eisenhower Administration, when he was Cabin eXDO sed in 

tS President. Despite these political credentials, Rabb was exposed rn 
the New York City press in the 1970s as a business part rDort Hotels 
Lansky. Rabb and Lansky jointly setup the Internationa P placed 

Corporation. It was one of those rare instances in which 
his P own name on a corporate board of directors list. N official of 

he chose to take such a bold move in partnership with a p 

the Antx— Def amation League. ^ e . ^rin National Ban)c 

* The other ADL-Reaganite on the board of Sterling . . ^ o ea aan to 

was Arnold Burns. In 1985, Burns was appointed by powerful 

the post of Deputy Attorney General, making him nized crime 

federal prosecutor. Burns, like Rabb, had fignifican structured a 
ties. Through his law firm, Burns and Summit, Burns had 8 ^ctured^a^ 

tax evasion scheme in which clients made false claims technology 

off shore tax shelters that were to provide capital to high technology 
firms in Israel. Under an incredible loophole in the U.S . federal 
codes, engineered by Zionist Lobby figures in the United States 
Congress, investments in Israeli research and development firms were 
exempted from American taxes. ^ 

According to news accounts and federal government inves^gators. 

Burns and Summit never passed the funds onto the Israeli firms. T Y 
merelv held the investors' money offshore in secret bank accounts in the 
Bahamas - permitting the investors to claim millions of dollars in tax 
write-offs. According to at least one news account of the scandal, one 
of the Israeli attorneys who conspired with Burns was Howard Katz, a 
former Boston, Massachusetts-based lawyer who was heavily involved in 
th^Jonathan Jay Pollard spy scandal. Katz handled the secret Israeli 
spy accounts S?ough which payments to Pollard were passed. Katz 
persponally purchased the condominium apartment in Washington, D.C. 
where Pollard would deliver secret American government documents to 

Israeli embassy officials. .... . 

Despite the fact that all this damning evidence came out publicly, 
Arnold Burns was never prosecuted. In a sealed arrangement with federal 
prosecutors^ SurnS testified in court agatnet several of hie clients and 
business partners, who eventually went to jail, while Burns went on to 
become Deputy Attorney General of the United States . . 

In that capacity as Deputy Attorney General, Burns played a key 
insider role in the looting of a Washington computer software firm. 
Inslaw which had been slated to receive a one billion dollar contract 
from the Department of Justice to install and manage an integrated 
computer case management system. Burns and others, according to U.S. 
federal court records, intentionally bankrupted Inslaw by withholding 
millions of dollars in Justice Department payments to the company, as 
part of a scheme to take over the software contract. According to a 
U.S. Senate investigative report on the Inslaw bankrupcy, Burns 
personally intervened with the law firm representing Inslaw to sabotage 
the company's case against the Justice Department. Evidence suggests 


Burns was working on behalf of Charles Allen and Company , a 
^linked Wall Street investment house which was financing the rival 
'nfflpa n y slateci to receive the Justice Department contract. Allen and 
u were Mever ™ ~ i « * ^ vn*o iq^Oc mmro -f-o 


Comp an Y were Me Y er Lansky's main financiers in his 1960s move to 
estahli sh a casino gambling and narcotics smuggling empire on the 
Caribbean Bahamas Islands. Computer industry specialists confirm that 
t he company servicing the Justice Department computers would have 
re al-tim© access to the entire federal government criminal justice data 
base/ including such sensitive information as grand jury testimony, the 
identities of federal undercover agents and federally protected 
witnesses, and pending indictments. The Inslaw scandal is still the 
subject of federal court cases and at least one congressional 
investigation. 

If corrupt bankers were one key to Meyer Lansky's scheme to 
legitimize the National Crime Syndicate, the second cornerstone of his 
grand dream was corrupt lawyers. Once again, the Anti— Defamation League 
would provide the key personnel. 

No single person epitomizes the central role of the ADL in the 
Lansky grand design more than Kenneth Bialkin. Like Dore Schary, 

Bialkin. was . a symbol of the Anti-Defamation League's marriage with the 
mob. Bialkin, one of Wall Street's most powerful and wealthy lawyers, 
was the National Chairman of the ADL from 1982-86. In 1984, he also 
became the President of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish 
Organizations. He was the President of the Jerusalem Foundation, a 
prestigious and explicitly Freemasonic group headed by the Holy City's 
longtime Mayor Teddy Kolleck. Today, Bialkin is the Honorary Chairman 
of the ADL and the President of the ADL Foundation, the League's major 
current financial arm (housed at Sterling National Bank). Up until he 
moved to the world's largest law firm, Scadden Arps, several years ago, 
Bialkin was one of two senior managing partners of the Wall Street firm 
of Willkie, Farr and Gallagher. Throughout his years with Willkie Farr, 
the firm handled many of ADL's legal affairs - always on a "pro-bono" 
(free of charge) basis. 

Attorney Kenneth Bialkin was also the brains behind narcotics 
trafficker and international fugitive-thief Robert Vesco, according to 
federal court records in the Southern District of New York. 

To understand the complex $270 million looting of Investors Overseas 
Service by Robert Vesco, Willkie Farr and Gallagher, and several other 
top ADL linked figures, it is necessary to provide a brief profile of 
the IOS money laundering scheme, first established during the 1960s by a 
Rothschild family front man named Bernie Cornfeld. 

A former organizer in New York City for the Socialist Party USA, 
Bernie Cornfeld showed up in Geneva, Switzerland in the early 1960s with 
a startup fund provided by the French branch of the Rothschild family. 

He rapidly established a complex network of companies, including IOS and 
the Fund of Funds, ostensibly to manage portfolios of mutual funds on 
behalf of a large clientel of small and medium size investors from all 
parts of the world. Because all of the Cornfeld companies were 
incorporated in Switzerland, where bank secrecy laws protect the 
identities of all investors and depositors, from the outset the 
companies became a haven for organized crime profits - especially those 
of National Crime Syndicate boss Meyer Lansky. 

Author Hank Messick described the Cornf ield-IOS relationship to 


f a& follows: 

Concurrent with the spread of casinos in the Bahamas was another 
JF^pment of vast significance. Public-owned corporations invaded the 
•Sbling Held as the final refinement of Lansky's master plan... 

9 "playing an important role behind the scenes was the grant Investors 
mrerseas Service, the parent company of a host of subsidiaries holding 
flome $2 billion in mutual funds. Based in Switzerland, and not subject 
to regulation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, IOS operated 
around the world. It bought stock for its anonymous customers from tne 
public corporations owning the casinos, and there was no way to tell ir 
the purchaser was Meyer Lansky or Henry Ford II. . _ _ aW , 11+ 

"The 1970 trial of Alvin Malnik put on record much information about 
the gangster-dominated Bank of World Commerce in Nassau, and the 
International Credit Bank of Switzerland headed by Tibor Rosenbaum. 
Literally millions passed back and forth between the tw ° kanks a 
reinvested in the United States . Connections between IOS and tn 
International Credit Bankwere more obscure but nonetheless reai * * 

"Rernie Cornfeld, the founder and until 1970 the guiding geni 
IOS/ was a close friend and business associate of Tibor Rosenbaum. + 
and the International Credit Bank, for example, jointly loaned mo Y 
an English-language newspaper in Geneva, which was later taken Y 

IOS • 

"Even more to the point was Cornfeld 's use of Sylvain Ferdman. An 
official of the International Credit Bank, Ferdman was identified oy 
Life magazine in 1967 as a courier for Meyer Lansky. He was also a 
close friend and associate of Malnik and the Bank of World ^omme • 

When IOS encountered difficulties in Brazil, Cornfeld sent Ferdman t 
that country to pick up the pieces. A front from a philanthropic agency 
was provided, but Ferdman was in reality a secret agent. . . 

"The International Credit Bank eventually set up a branch office in 
Nassau to expedite the flow of money and eliminate the need for 
couriers. With such facilities easily available - and many IOS 
companies were based in Nassau - money could disappear into IOS and 
r6dDD6&r anywhere as a loan or investment • ... 

P "0ne such investment by a subsidiary of IOS showed up in 
'Lanskvland, ' the area just east of Gulfstream Park. It was a 
$40,000,000 high-rise apartment complex, and who the real owners were no 

° ne ^A U lot^of W Resorts International stock was purchased by IOS, for 
example and Resorts officials became annoyed when suggestions were made 
that the buvs were made on behalf of Lansky. The irony of it was, 
however, that Resorts could no more disprove the charges than officials 

COUl » B ? r mIans t of the international financial structure, machinery 
existed S conceal the holdings of Lansky or any other member of 
organized crime. To all intents and purposes, they had become 

lnVi One^s ide-bene fit of the invisibility was that front men, such as 
Cornfeld, could be eliminated and replaced without having to resort to 
the earlier syndicate liquidation methods perfected Jansky s°vn 
Murder, Inc. Now, personnel retirements became the work of Wall Street 
law firms and hioh priced accountants • 

A^clSdiSg to federal court records, Kenneth Bialkin and Willkie Farr 





gallagher handled the ouster of Cornfeld from IOS. His replacement 
a Detroit-born salesman who had been at one time employed by an 
Central Intelligence Agency front company called All-American 
Engineering, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of the 

Delaware-headquartered DuPont Chemical Company. His name was Robert 

ye SCO. 

A careful review of court records and other published sources 
reveals that Vesco was a designated front-man for a group of 
Anti-Defamation League operators. According to court testimony by 
Kenneth Bialkin in a 1974 class action suit brought by defrauded # 
investors in Fund of Funds, Willkie Farr and Gallagher had done business 
with Vesco years before they aided him from behind the scenes m his 
takeover and eventual looting of IOS. 

In a 1971 meeting in London, England, Willkie Farr attorneys 
introduced Vesco to a wealthy Jewish mobster named Meshulam Rikiis. 
During the war for Israeli independence, Rikiis had fled Palestine 
because he was discovered to be a police informant for the British 
authorities and was sentenced to death by the Irgun, one of the 


underground groups. Rikiis eventually wound up in Minneapolis, 

Minnesota, where he was picked up by Burton Joseph, one of the top 
officials of the Anti-Defamation League and an ally of the local gram 
cartels. Joseph was the National Chairman of the ADL from 1977-80, 

With startup money from Joseph, Rikiis took over one of the flagship 
liquor companies to emerge from the Prohibition bootlegging organization 
of Meyer Lansky and the National Crime Syndicate, Schenleys 
Distilleries. Schenleys had been established by Lewis Rosensteil, a 
longtime friend of Lansky, Johnny Torrio and Joseph Linsey. Torrio, an 
early syndicate patron of Lansky, was a dominant shareholder in a 
Schenleys affiliated company, Prendergast and Davies Company, Limited, 
run by Rosensteil' s brother-in-law Herbert Heller. Rosensteil was 
another shining example of how the National Crime Syndicate established 
respectability and social standing. Not only was Rosensteil a bigtime 
donor to the ADL. He was one of the largest contributors to the 
University of Miami endowment, and was also the founder of the J. Edgar 
Hoover Foundation, established in honor of his longtime friend, FBI 
Director J. Edgar Hoover. The Foundation was established with stock in 
Schenleys Distillers. When he retired as Hoover's longtime deputy at 
the FBI, Louis Nichols became Vice President of Schenleys. 

The company was an ideal front for Rikiis and the Minneapolis ADL 
crowd behind him. Rikiis bought heavily into IOS, to the point that, by 
the time of the London meeting with Vesco, Rikiis held a controlling 
interest in the mutual fund empire. 

The ouster of Cornfeld and his replacement by Vesco was greatly 
facilitated by the fact that at least three partners in Willkie Farr all 
sat on the boards of IOS companies - Allan Conwill, John D'Alimonte and 
Raymond Merrit. The three reported to managing partner Bialkin. 

In 1971, Rikiis transferred his controlling interests in IOS to 
Robert Vesco. Vesco immediately moved to oust Cornfeld from the 
directorship of the companies. 

Shortly after the Vesco takeover, in early 1972, Willkie Farr 
attorney Alan Conwill sold off most of the assets of an IOS subsidiary 
called FOF Proprietary Funds for $60 million. During August 1972, those 


•fleas development Bank Sfe ^f d v 0 ,? Luxe ^ our 9 she ll company called 
r f?eive the $60 mini ' The she11 was setup by Wxllkie Farr solely 
the Bank of New York 1011 stolen from the FOF Proprietary Funds account 
at front estahl icVvf^V The £unds were transferred shortly to another 
Adoration droi d by will *ie Farr called Inter-Americln 
fhf P monev was waqhoH^ Purchase of worthless stock in Inter-American, 
dffl? special W t? t0 the Phoenix Bank of the Bahamas, another 
? Eventual T-u- <-h ab i^ Sbed ^ or the occasion by Willkie Farr lawyer Jay 

^ ua t thS 560 mi Hion arrived in Costa Rica just as the 
Thlalal , Ending there as well, 

million Tnc^? ra i lel P r °cess, Vesco additionally walked away with $210 
apn ,mni afoH f ^nds. It: widely believed that those funds were the 

j . h . voo^ aU u d 5 reci P rofits of the Meyer Lanksy crime organization, 

S °^ ha 2r“ erel y transferred the money into a new, 

Tnc • ?f fshore banking apparatus, replacing the Swiss centered 

ZT* • 8 atflllate d International Credit Bank of Tibor Rosenbaum, 

rne precise route by which the $210 million was lifted from IOS is not 
Known, Decause no effort was ever made by the "investors" to sue Vesco, 
Bialkin or others to recover the loss. That fact alone constitutes the 
strongest circumstantial evidence that the Vesco-Bialkin looting of IOS 
was part of a major then-ongoing restructuring of North American 
organized crime. ^ Lansky was moving the center of world dirty money 
laundering from its former capital in the mountains of Switzerland to 
his newly expanded Caribbean gambling and hot money empire. 

At a point after Vesco landed in Costa Rica, the Willkie Farr 
frontman, still working through Bialkin and company, attempted to buy 
out Resorts International, the Bahamas-headquartered casino resort setup 
years earlier by Lansky. The deal never went through, despite a string 
of meetings between Vesco attorneys and lawyers representing the resort. 

Once again, top ADL officials were lurking in the shadows of the deal. 
Representing unnamed parties in the negotiations was the Wall Street law 
firm of Fried Frank Harris Schriever and Kampelman. Senior partner Max 
Kampelman, today an Honorary Vice Chairman of the ADL and one of its 
most active National Commissioners for decades, was a member of the 
"Minneapolis Mafia" along with Burton Joseph that setup Riklis and Vesco 
in business. 

One possible explanation for the failure of the Vesco takeover of 
the Resorts International operation in Paradise Island, Bahamas is the 
fact that a class action suit filed in July 1974 in the Federal District 
Court for the Southern District of New York (74CIV80) threatened to 
unravel the complex scheme through which the $60 million piece of IOS 
had been lifted by the future National Chairman of the ADL. The suit, 
<The Stockholders of Fund of Funds, Investors Overseas Service, Inc. 
versus Robert Vesco, Alan Conwill, The Bank of New York and Willkie Farr 
and Gallagher>, would go on for six years and would ultimately result in 
a jury verdict against the defendants and a court ordered payment of $60 
million by the Bank of New York and Bialkin 's law firm Willkie Farr. 

On July 31, 1980, Federal Judge D.J. Stewart ordered the Bank of New 
York to pay the defrauded IOS investors a total of $35.6 million and 
ordered Willkie Farr and Gallagher to pay the remaining $24.4 million. 

The public court files of the suit fill twenty boxes. They contain 
extensive correspondence, depositions and other documents showing the 
guiding hand of Kenneth Bialkin and Willkie Farr in the Vesco looting 


|gJ C nar^tics t ?rade? Uld place him at the ver Y center of the world 

financial wizard^buying^lavf^^ Vesco cut the ima 9 e of a rogue 
Irina ud everv 1 ooq£ ^ . avisl1 wa lled estate in Costa Rica, blatantly 
woSld IhStle h? m POl i tician on the island, and purchasing a yacht 
Caribbean After ? nd famil y a nd business associates around the 

ufvon^ 1972 re^L^" neling a . large illegal contribution into Richard 
I navoffs to the itnc t n° n cam P a ign, Vesco made similar covert financial 
If ff^ina his iJ?7L PreSidential campaign of Democrat Jimmy Carter. 

Caribbean exiled laence with the new administration (albeit from distant 
1 thaf k ' Vesco next attempted to unfreeze a fleet of Boeing 

J? een Purchased by Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, by 
«« ?han 9 M '?i ' Uy Up the President's brother, Billy Carter. Billy was 

cooperate with Vesco and Qaddafi. When the 
Biiiygate story hit the newspapers on the eve of Jimmy Carter's 1980 
reeiection campaign, it practically sealed the incumbent's defeat. 

with each successive scandal, Vesco 's name became more and more 
synonymous with rogue financial dealings. And with each successive 
scandal, Vesco 's ties to the Anti-Defamation League bigshots Bialkin, 
Joseph, Riklis, Kampelman, etc. became more invisible. 

In effect, the ADL set up their front-man Vesco to draw the 
attention away from their ongoing involvement in Lansky's grand scheme - 
in much the same way that Lansky had himself built up a wall of 
insulation against public exposure. 

Publicly distanced from his ADL controllers, Vesco, by 1979, was 
paving the way for the biggest narcotics bonanza in the history of North 
America. In partnership with a small-time Colombian hoodlum who had 
served a half dozen years in a Florida jail for car theft and marijuana 
smuggling named Carlos Lehder Rivas, Robert Vesco purchased the Bahamian 
island of Norman's Cay. For the next three years, Norman's Cay served 
as the major transshipment point for the flow of Colombian cocaine in to 
the United States. The unlikely business partnership between the ADL's 
syndicate frontman Vesco and the Colombian hoodlum who openly proclaimed 
his admiration for Adolph Hitler was a strategic move. Lehder 's family 
back in Colombia was closely tied to the leading Medellin crime families 
who had built up a fortune through emerald smuggling, and were now in 
the process of financing a massive expansion of coca production in 
Bolivia and Peru, which would be processed and transported up to the 
United States via secret laboratories and clandestine airstrips in 
Colombia. The Vesco-Lehder partnership blossomed into what is now known 
as the Medellin Cartel. 

Although popularized accounts portray the Medellin Cartel as a 
Colombian phenomenon which has supplanted traditional North American 
criminal organizations in the narcotics business, the truth is quite to 
the contrary. As part of Meyer Lansky's wholesale move into the Western 
Hemisphere, a move greatly facilitated by new banking deregulation laws 
passed during the Carter administration, the Republic of Panama and the 
Caribbean islands became overnight the new haven for dirty money. And 
the Lansky- ADL apparatus was already there on the ground to run the show 
from behind the scenes. It would be through this elaborate offshore 
money laundering apparatus that the old Lansky organization would retain 
choke-point control over the Medellin and other South American cocaine 


rTA 


/l a while the Colombians oi-skk^^ ..v ^ 

•Jwrtlon - including the urJmlSS? 




Drominonf “6 a alines , the Lansky 

Prominent ADL figures - would rake ii 


to 


in the 

Ant i— De famation Leacrue <?nnnAv 4 - _ 
administration's special neqotiai-n?** Sol Linowitz was the Carter 
Linowitz ran the negotiations wit^ r f ° r the Panama Canal Treaty. 
open up the Panama banks to offch^ °ne overriding objective in mind: 
disinterested party As * h ? ff shore dirty money. Linowitz was no 

correspondent bank^f the Nat?nna? r n° f v Ma ? ine Midland Bank ' the 
nersonallv at the National Bank of Panama, Linowitz was 

Sdst“f thJ PanLS the hot mone y circuit! In 1978, in the 

Bank was purchased k< a J?K^ Treat Y negotiations, Linowitz 's Marine Midland 
the most notorfnS d Y the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, 
time of the n^?! d f? g mone Y laundering facility in the world since the 
time of the nineteenth century Opium Wars in China. 

n ftn an 73 « this entire period of buildup for the "Cocaine 

,T^ a ^ Z f^°Ar,r he £ i? 8 ? S/ the Carter Administration ' s Secretary of Commerce 
AD ^ official, Phillip Klutznik. According to the ADL's 
OX ^ 1 S ia ’ L or . history, "Not The Work Of A Day," the Carter White House 
aa ?i, D n m0 ? ratlC Part y National Chairman Robert Strauss consulted directly 
W1 tn Burton Joseph, a longtime friend of Vice President Walter Mondale, 
on the selection of Klutznik as Commerce Secretary. The same Burton 
Joseph, then serving as the National Chairman of the ADL, had been the 
"match-maker" between Riklis and Vesco. 

To this day, U.S. government prosecutors consider Robert Vesco a 
kingpin of the cocaine trade. 

After fleeing Costa Rica in 1981 to avoid arrest by American drug 
enforcement agents, Vesco eventually obtained permission from Cuban 
dictator Fidel Castro to set up houskeeping in Havana. The invitation 
must have greatly amused Meyer Lansky, whose longstanding dream of 
building up a casino empire in Cuba had been dashed when Castro siezed 
power from Lansky's longtime friend Fulgencio Batista. 

Among the services that Vesco provided to the Cuban communist 
dictator in return for the hospitality was to cut Castro into the drug 
smuggling business that he had built up in partnership with Lehder. Not 
that Castro particularly needed the American's help. From no later than 
the early 1960s, Castro had been guided by Soviet Bloc intelligence 
services to get in on the drug trade. Communist guerilla bands in 
Colombia, Peru and Central America had learned to finance their arms 
purchases by dealing with the drug traffickers. Leftist guerillas would 
guard coca and marijuana plantations, in some instances actually growing 
and processing the drugs themselves, and in other instances providing 
armed convoys for the traffickers as they shipped the unprocessed 
cocaine base to the laboratories. 

Vesco, however, provided the Cubans and their Sandinista allies in 
nearby Nicaragua with a direct entre to the main smuggling routes 
through the Caribbean. Through Vesco 's intermediation, the Cubans and 
Nicaraguans were soon providing refueling and other transshipment 
services to the Medellin Cartel - earning millions of dollars in hard 
currency while hastening the cultural and moral demise of the "Yankees." 

On April 17, 1989, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a 
grand jury indictment had been handed down against Robert Vesco, 
charging him with cocaine smuggling. The press release accompanying the 
indictment stated in part: 


! 



W* w. Genzaaan , United States 

P^ida, announces today the indictm^n? rn ? y 4- for Middle District 
l ?*traxtd j ur y in Jacksonville Fln-ri^ nt .°^ two additional defendants 
w tsUm of cocaxne from Colombia ai ? investigation of the 

^"'tfedeliin Cartel, Charged with nto United States by members of 
f t ^d States was Robert Lee C °^?? lrin ?- to im P°rt cocaine into the 


[ states was Kooert Lee Vesrn import cocaine into t 

was named as a part of a . Vesco f 55, currently residing in 

; hlch functioned from 1974 tK^^ C °v S ?i‘ racy involving 30 other defendants 
alleges that Vesco assisted T 1999 ' The indictment specifically 

of the Xedellin Cartel in = S a f . Le £ der f formerly one of the leaders 
cocaine over Cuba in late low % ln L for the P assa 9 e of planes carrying 
life imprisonment after havi^'v. Lehder is now serving a sentence of 
Jacksonville, Florida in lift ft 9 b ?? n con Y lcted of cocaine smuggling at 
iMiiam i penalty of life i m . • " ^ convicted, Vesco could receive a 

•Vesco r^Ltu im P^isonment and a $4,000,000 fine... 

defendants C rJ a ?? e< ^ dn a superceding indictment that names 30 

■SSS22GJS?^ X 2 g , Pabl ° Escobar-Gaviria, Jose Gonzalo 
Carte 1° „w.», ' and Jorge Ochoa-Vasquez , all members of the Medellin 

f i' !S Ch Was returne d in February, 1989." 
r. = ^Kf^_j[r L “ 9 - t0 the ind ictment, in May 1984, Carlos Lehder, Pablo 
5 - ^“ G ^I Xr J a * Jor S e Ochoa-Vasquez, Fabio Ochoa-Vasquez and Gonzalo 
. , we f e a il operating out of Nicaragua, where they fled 
xmmeaxateiy following the assassination of Colombia's Justice Minister 
Rodrigo Lara Bonilla by a Medellin Cartel assassination squad, 
iiirougn a large payoff to Sandinista officials, the five Medellin Cartel 
Losses had arranged to shift their smuggling operations to the Central 
American country, and had already stashed 1,400 kilograms (nearly 3,000 
pounds) of cocaine at a hangar at Los Brasiles Air Base. 

In October 1984, Lehder sent a courier from Corn Island, Nicaragua 
to Cayo Largo, Cuba carrying a letter to Robert Vesco asking his old 
smuggling partner to arrange with Cuban authorities for Medellin Cartel 
planes carrying cocaine from Nicaragua to Andros Island in the Bahamas 
to pass over Cuban air space. Within days, Vesco had obtained approval 
from the Cuban authorities for the overflights. 

Back in Washington, D.C. a senior official of the Latin American 
Department of the Anti-Defamation League, Rabbi Morton Rosenthal, was 
being ushered into the White House to deliver a background briefing to 
the President on the Sandinista government's anti-semitism. ADL pledged 
to help the Reagan Administration in its secret war to overthrow the 
anti-semitic Sandinista regime in Managua. The Medellin Cartel also 
reportedly pledged its support to the Reagan effort. As a part of the 
anti-Sandinista effort, bankers for the Medellin Cartel would covertly 
provide pilots, aircraft and millions of dollars in cash to the Reagan 
administration 9 s secret war. 

Meyer Lansky and his ADL compatriots had learned long ago to hedge 
their bets and always invest in both sides in every conflict, whether an 
electoral campaign or a war. 

Ironically, Kenneth Bialkin's prize client Robert Vesco was basking 
in the Cuban sun aboard a yacht, which he had purchased from his 
longtime friend, Arab billionaire Adnan Khossoghi. At the same time, 
Bialkin was personally representing Khossoghi in a series of secret 
financial transactions that provided the Reagan administration's Secret 
Team (Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and retired Air Force 
General Richard Secord) with tens of millions of dollars to purchase 


< 0 bank account in Switzerland 3 ?^ f ° r v, th ? • Nicara U uan Contras . 
w * eCr tgd by a Zurich-based »-n-f land ttlrou 9h which the funds passed 
^ fla9 r,,rnnp a n ?? • att °rney named Willard Zucker. Zucker had 




European representative of Willkie Farr and Salter and°had 
^ e co Bialkin s closest collaborators in the IOS takeover by 

iv^^was^activei'v above-described events were unfolding, Kenneth 
Bialkin was actively serving as the National Chairman of the 
Anti -Defamation League. 


„ COm ? and 9°/ wars end, but the longterm goal of 

Meyer Lansky to bring the National Crime Syndicate into the forefront of 
American business and politics remained as a constant. 

Beginning m the mid-1980s, Kenneth Bialkin was already involved in 
the next phase of the Lansky grand scheme. He was working to put 
5???. er e laborate financial infrastructure through which the 
billions °i dollars in annual profit from underworld activity could be 
repatriated back into the United States. 

Just as he helped pioneer Robert Vesco's shifting of the Lansky 
fortune to offshore banking havens in the Caribbean, Bialkin would now 
orchestrate a string of dramatic corporate takeovers and mergers through 
which ownership of a vast chunk of corporate America would fall into the 
hands of the heirs of the National Crime Syndicate. 

While still operating at Willkie Farr and Gallagher, Bialkin 
arranged the merger of American Express Corporation with several other 
Willkie Farr clients, including Shearson Loeb Rhodes and Safra Bank of 


Edmond Safra. Shortly after the AmEx-Shearson merger, federal 


investigators discovered that the credit card and merchant banking 
conglomerate was involved in a multi-million dollar check kiting scheme 
on behalf of organized crime. American Express offices in Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania and Paris, France were raided by U.S. Customs and Federal 
Bureau of Investigation agents, top officials were indicted. 

A far more serious link between the Bialkin clients and 
international criminal enterprises was surpressed before any indictments 
could be handed down. That case involved Edmond Safra, a Bialkin client 
and leading ADL backer who owned Republic National Bank in New York 
City, as well as a string of banks in Switzerland and Brazil. 

In 1988, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Customs 
officials operating out of the Berne, Switzerland American embassy, 
discovered that a Zurich based company, Shakarchi Trading Company, was 
serving as a money laundering channel for both Middle Eastern and Latin 
American drug running networks. The Berne-based investigators tracked 
shipments of gold and cash garnered from hashish and opium trade from 
Lebanon through Turkey and Bulgaria into Zurich, where couriers from 
Shakarchi picked up the items. The gold was sold and the proceeds, 
along with the cash shipments were wired into an account at the Republic 
National Bank in New York City. 

Simultaneously, DEA investigators working on "Operation Polar Cap," 
a probe of Los Angeles, California based money laundering fronts 
servicing the Medellin Cartel, discovered that cocaine profits were 
being wired from Los Angeles into the same numbered bank account at 
Republic National Bank. A firm link had been established between two 
apparently independent drug trafficking organizations* both were being 
serviced by the same money washing outfit, Shakarchi Trading Company. 


Z African investigators in q wi * , 

'^o r f h iifetime V fwL^ h ^ , the firm*?* foil nHo»> probing the background 


5 


a lifetime friend firm 's founder Mohs rxg , the b ^ckgro\ 

Republic National lank US i£ ess a ssociat4 2? IZql S ^ archi £ 

lerx k ng C strSre ike ^ e^rs^ ^-l^efthlt Salra 

had been placed onto the board^f sh^ka*^® Minister » Elizabeth Kopp, 
his wife had warned him to remove h . akar chi Trading Company, and that 
indictments could be handed down mh name before Swiss and American 
Kopp's resignation from her nos?' ensain 9 scandal resulted in Mrs. 

jailed for their part in t-ho^i=„L Mohammed Shakarchi's two sons were 


jailed for their part in ^ P ? St ' J Moha n»med Shakarchi's 
still remain a mystery thfov^^ 1 " 9 scheme, but for reasons that 
happened. *' expected indictment against Edmond Safra 

hero 4 e 


never 


havoc from Wall Street i-<-> 4v? n Safra 's indictment would have create< 

nee the Syrian-born to«.«®ku i head( 3 uar ters at United Nations Plaza 
president of the merchant • h ® d • been for a P eriod of time the 

a seat on the AmEx boar d^th^H dl ^ si< ? n of American Express, sharing 
Safra had worked nine 1 Henr y Kissinger and Bialkin. Furthermore 

SilSrH luokS ?„ C «?^L"io h . B ^ lkin l". ***”»* I«n-Contra figur, 

the North-<?ernrrf if! .? 9 U P^ a corporate 3 et service used by members of 
over the release throughout the secret negotiations with Tehran 

over the release of American hostages in Lebanon. 

Bialkin m w?f~v! e 5 9er v 0f w^ American Express, orchestrated by Kenneth 

acquisition® on^v h a rb ?- n 9 er ° f bigger corporate mergers and 

. ions on the horizon that would place control of some of 
wnericas most prestigious and powerful corporate giants in the handsof 
ADL linked shady characters. 

To further his role in those corporate takeovers, Bialkin, in 
January 1988 left Willkie Farr to join the world's largest, and perhaps 
dirtiest law firm, Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. 

By its own published accounts, Skadden Arps today employs over one 
thousand attorneys, over two thousand clerical and support personnel, 
has offices throughout the United States, the Far East and Europe. In 
1989, the firm billed its clients over $400 million in fees. Despite 
these impressive financials, Skadden Arps has also been implicated in 
the biggest white collar crimes of the decade, if not the century. 

Skadden Arps specializes in mergers and acquissions. Attorney 
Joseph Flom, a founding partner of the firm, is widely credited with 

4- a 1 f at a 1 Tr n 1 1 it! _ _ j 


u ir O.X1.UI, wxuciy Lxeaitea > 

developing the technique alternately called "leveraged buy-out," 
"hostile takeover" or "corporate raid." Chief among Skadden Arps 1 


~ — ^ ~ — ir ~ umway OJvauufcJU AXUb 

Clients in the merger-mania that swept the American corporate sector 
from 1985-88 was the brokerage house of Drexel Burnham Lambert, home oi 
junk bond peddler Michael Milken. Milken and his close associate Ivan 
Boesky cut a wide path through corporate America beginning in 1985 
orchestrating a series of dramatic corporate hostile takeovers by ' 
floating high yielding "junk bonds” to generate the working capital foz 
sudden stock purchases. The scheme was doomed to fail from the outset 
at least from the standpoint of traditional investment criterion. 
Companies like the Campeau Corporation, bought up a string of departmer 
store chains throughout the United States and Canada - only to find tha 
the combined cash flows of those captured firms did not produce enouah 
®oney to even cover the interest payments on the loans taken out to mak 


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^situation turned worse f 

W de ^i basis C of°inside n i d i SCOVere ^ r that the 1 ^!?' Milken and Boesky 
V ,/ Se £t, e„ a bli„ g the“ e to ln 'S«io„ 

S& !*«*?“= profit. 


r £3 ~fken ana ^exel were ex pense of the ° n *'*} e ^* r stoc k 

jalke” ere all indicted hv +-K^« e « raideci com Pames. Boesky, 

1 f the i * ^ G/ however , throuah^t-v^ U *?* Department of Justice. 
5 °? e ^«nrf h «« 1 ® ad ^ n ? flna ^cial front 9 m^ th ? mechani sm of the "junk bonds" 
i? ad ir f ?n?n f? invisible mechanism fn/f 11 fo f. th e old Lansky organization 
fcack into the United States. At t^ r £ u nnelmg their offshore profits 
the mid and late 1980s , an estimaf^ height of the corporate raids of 
invested in junk bonds was nut , ! u d ^venty percent of all the cash 
questioned where the firm not +-v^ ^ Drexe l Burnham Lambert. Nobody 
not make their list of nrivii^ 7? ^oney from. And Drexel certainly did 
The major buyers of tho n 9 e d investors known to the general public, 
the Reliance Group a Riaiv* paper were known: Saul Steinberg of 

junior partner of the ntitiu £ 1:L ? nt from the Willkie Farr days and a 
Cornfeld; Carl Lindner* ^ !l . R °thschilds on the model of Bernie 
long suspected of ties Vr. h fK Cl ^ G:Ln 1 nati/ Ohio based mortgage guarantor 
another longtime Lansky associate!^ organization ' Victor Posner, 

Skadden Arps^ho had !?.f llce 2 we ^ t off to federal prison, the attorneys at 
best position to contrnf 1 ^ 111 ?? the takeover schemes and had been in the 
withoS an iSdKtmeS ^ fl ° W ° f insider ^formation, walked away 

so-called^char-ftaHfo^ in v tiad ^ een we ll insulated. In addition to his 
AdviforJ % W ?K k ” lth , the League, Bialkin sat on the Legal 

Exchange ° hS !« \v f the Board of Directors of the New York Stock 
5S cSSitfcS A Cha - rman ° f the Cor P ora tion, Banking and Business 

chaiSZ S Bar Associat i°n and had earlier been the 

durt^S ?hf f noJL AB L - F ® d f ral - Regulation and Securities Committee. And 
Reagan Administration, Bialkin was appointed to a 

Presidential Panel assigned to study and recommend reforms in the entire 
federal reguiatory system. Joining Bialkin on the commi??ee was C 
Boyden Gray, who was then the General Counsel to Vice President Georae 
Bush. Today, Gray is the General Counsel to the President Sray®s il 
fhf? heir the R.J. R?y n ? lds Tobacco Company fortune - a fortune 
that grew considerably following the company's merger with the National 
Biscuit Company (Nabisco), a company with ties to the Anti-Defamation 
League dating back to the League's founding, in 1988, RJR Nabisco 
became the target of the biggest takeover war in the history of 

Amer ^ a ;, Th f final Pf^ e £ ag on the stock purchases was over 
$25 billion. Skadden Arps handled the transaction from honinni™ a.° ® 
on behalf of Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. 7 beginning to en, 

The potential profits for a well-placed inside trader with a 

thf 1 * nd \ at Skadd ® n Ar P s w ® re almost incalculable. Over the course of 
the fourteen months from when the initial secret neootiaHnL f 

RJR Nabisco and Kravis began to when the final stonk ca ?^ 10nS l3 ® tween 
RJR Stock values soared fLn a low of S41 « a Xak v“™ 
jump of nearly two hundred percent. P aiue of $108, a 

Where did the profits land? 

According to one U.S. intelligence expert on Israeli 
very sizeable portion of the profits fronfthe RJR takeovel? as^il'as 


Riklis f 


/ r . major leveraged buy 0n+ - .. ( A 

a*^?ffjcen, Ivan Boesky, e tai 1 Un b y Skadden 

military shoJdown iith®?! into * war chl« S”!? 1 Bur,lh “- 

''fas™" -Hh SSS! “ £ln “ C<> 

I Ikadd" 9 ! ro " |0 ” l >a kinds°of^le ame P“"^Pa5lJ“Mm h iS,g^ 

^ r fected by Skadden Arps to mni« \ of leveraged buy-out schemes 
suC h as narcotics trafficking JmJ t f ai9h H orward criminal enterprises 
This self-described, Sharon sno ug 5 lln 9 and technology theft, 
appendage of the North American M^" SOr ? d " Isra eli Mafia" was in fact an 
period dominated by prominent' 1" 10 ?® 1 . Crime Syndicate - by this 

League orbit, such as Kenneth n- r ®?halities in the Anti-Defamation 
the Reichman brothers pHmnnri °ialkin, Edgar Bronfman, Meshulam Ri~ 

In the same way that p?v?- Safra ' and Henry A. Kissinger, 
conduit to the hooliaan . S . was used b Y the ADL Lanskyites as a 

by his ADL patrons in th er ? Vesc °/ Riklis was once again called upon 
Sharon. Sharon had Si«2?J a ^ y 1970s to take U P the cause of General 
nearly obsessively ambit himself out as a ruthless, corrupt and 
pact with the ne^Ti h- 1 ?!^ s Personality, who would be willing to sign i 
IsrLl. RikliS w hlm ou lf if it might mean his becoming the King of 
ranch in the Mono n"* 6 ® baron ' s financial benefactor, purchasing him a 

ss2 the <* ■ » iot « 

___ time that Riklis established his ties with Sharon, the 

-7, P°ir ce spy who had been condemned to death by the 

h underground, had amassed a tremendous personal fortune and 
corporate empire. His flagship company, Rapid America Corporation, 
owned a string of high priced New York City office towers, as well as a 
telecommunications equipment leasing company. One of Riklis' 


lieutenants, Arieh Genger, became the go-between to General Sharon. 

When Sharon became Defense Minister of Israel during the Likud Party 
Prime Ministership of Menachim Begin in the late 1970s, he brought 
Genger to Israel to serve as his deputy in charge of all foreign arms 
imports and exports. 

Sharon had been designated by the heirs of Meyer Lansky - if not by 
Lansky himself - to oversee the Jewish syndicate's takeover of the 
Israeli economy and its governing institutions. 

Lansky knew that he needed a military man to pave the way for the 
transformation of Israel into a syndicate homeland. In the late 1960s, 
he had deployed one of his longtime associates, Joe "Doc" Stracher to 
Israel. Stracher 's mission was to permanently settle in the Jewish 
State and pave the way for Meyer Lansky himself to move to Israel. 

Under the "Law of Return" any American Jew who moved to Israel could 
immediately become an Israeli citizen. Stracher let it be known among 
prominent rightwing Israeli politicians that Meyer Lansky was prepared 
to personally invest $750 million into the Israeli economy - to build a 
complex of resort hotels, gambling casinos and other similar enterprise 
that would transform Israeli into a "new Riviera." 

To Israel's good fortune, a group of patriots, apparently centered 
in the Israeli Defense Force and its intelligence branch, resisted the 
Lansky offer. They gathered up sufficient evidence that Lansky had 


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i» Israeli citizenship. i n iS?!" 9 the "utioSaf cril ” 

'^niky vas forced to leave Israel ?' short ly after hil ! s Y n dicate 
t'greatened to withhold deliveJJ of f Th ® tricar, govern ' 
needed unless the Israeli rr^rtr 0t fjL 9hter lets th*Z r ni : had 
extradition request. 9 r nment cooperated with *h ta » 1 desperately 

Lansky's hopes of p 6rsonall th thm American 

been niv^i !f as the smu ggling caoabi 1 • leve 5 a g e over larael lie in the 

T^avS 1 ! 01 ^ to Isra el's war for fnHoi 1 ^ 88 ° f the JewlBh mob that had 
syndicate had helped srauaale> d f Pend f nce * Leading members of the 
fighting to establish a Jewish arms to the Jewish underground 

Wax II. Without that syndicate • ln Palestine at the close of World 

neVe in C i me lnt ° beil ?9* Y ® backin g / the State of Israel would have 

Israel's of fshl^bankilla^neni^t 8 ^ Pinchas Sapir, the architect of 
“Millionaires' Conference- ?® r T tlons ' sponsored what was called the 
meeting was to solicit i mmc! 1 Jerusalem. The ostensible purpose of the 
Israel's rapidly exDandir^h^w 8 from America's wealthiest Jews in 
participants - almoft hl9h technol °gy industries. The list of 

tale. The attendees 5 n f a . cron y of Meyer Lansky - tells the real 

Lansky business fs^oct«ti Uded u L ° U;LS Boyar and Sam R °thberg, both known 
mobster who b L . Henr Y Crown, another "former" Jewish 
ciant MateT-?ai ^i YSd - a wa £ time scrap metal business into a corporate 
IS | erv i- ces , Corporation; Max Fisher, a onetime leader of 

• blt *° n ~ E f a Pur P 1 ? Ga ng that ran the bootlegged whiskey 
concessions m Detroit, Michigan who later took over the United Fruit 
company; Ray Wolfe, an associate of the Bronfman family, formerly known 
as the Sam Bronfman Gang of Canada; Shaul Eisenberg, Israel's leading 
gun runner and a top official of the Israeli intelligence service, the 
Mossad; Raphael Recanati, head of the Israel Discount Bank and widely 
thought to be the secret controller of the indigenous Israeli mafia; 
and Phillip Klutznik, a top official of the ADL and a partner of 
Eisenberg in the money laundering American Bank and Trust Company of New 
York. 

The scheme, which actually represented a foreign criminal move to 
take over the Israeli economy, was cynically dubbed "Project 
Independence . " 

To centralize the "investments" into Israel that were pledged by the 
participants in the meeting, a state sector company was setup in Israel 
called the Israel Corporation. Banking operations for the Israel 
Corporation were arranged through none other than Tibor Rosenbaum, the 
Swiss-based head of the International Credit Bank and a one time chief 
°f logistics for the Mossad. By the time of the Jerusalem 
"Millionaires ' Club" meeting, Rosenbaum was already in bed with 
Cornfeld, Lansky and Lansky's lieutenant Alvin Malnik, whose 
Caribbean-based World Commerce Bank had already funneled $10 million in 
Lansky profits into Rosenbaum's Swiss bank. The Malnik-Rosenbaum 
interbank operation had also established a New York based affiliate in 
the American Bank and Trust Company of top ADL official Phillip 
KAutznik, one of the "Millionaires' Club" charter members.. 



the supervision Sf^Doc^StrLh* 16 Sheraton Hotel in 
ix^eiing syndicate money into Israel 'o who immediately 

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htt movement of Menachim Begin. T er ^ c ^ ose with the riahtwin 


_B^ e nt movement led by Rabbi Mena^W^ th ? A 9 udat h Israel 

V£Z *2 Party and Aaudath To“L“ enachem Porush. R-vk 1 

e very clos 
sky money a 

Settlements in the West Baiic“and Gaza IS?S d t he iUegal J^ish 

occupied by Israel during the 1967^L £i^r£ Mlt0rie8 Biezed and 


ZZmt bovwubuv wo. iwuauiim Begin. T.ancVu I 7 hhe rightwing 

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Begin Likud government came in?o^ S in ^ he WeSt Bank and Gaza. 

At the urgina of ? ? ower in 1911 ' the Plan took ort. 

Sharon had resigned from the Israel Meshulam Riklis ' General Ariel 

Knesset (Israel's parliament)^ n F ° rc ? for the 

aoDointed Aori ml S- - 2 ln 19 Under Begin , Sharon was 

the rapid exnan<*-irm ^ Minister, a position he immediately used to push 
30 000 Jewf hart ° f ^ hS Jewish settlements. By 1981, an estimated 

' Bv Sat sen relocated to the occupied territories, 

won anoH To n ^ ® . ^<p n had been named Defense Minister. According to 

~P-> t ? rae ^^. sources, Sharon during this period began 

mhf Hu Wlth h tghlevel Soviet military officials in Cyprus. 

Th purpose of the meetings was to negotiate the mass exodus of a 
projected one and a half million Soviet Jews to Israel over the next 
, ? de ' The bulk of those Jews, according to Sharon's plan (really an 
elaboration of the original Lansky Plan) would be settled in the West 
Bank and Gaza. The scheme would be dubbed "Landscam." 

Landscam. would receive enthusiastic backing from not only the 
Anti-Defamation League circles in the United States, but, also from some 
leading Freemasonic circles in London, who carried on the Scottish Rite 
tradition of sponsoring the cult of Zionism. 

Beginning in the spring of 1982, on the eve of the Israeli invasion 
of Lebanon, a series of secret meetings were held to get the Landscam 
project off the ground. 

The first of the meetings took place at the Negev Desert ranch of 
Ariel Sharon, which had been purchased for him by ADL frontman Meshulam 
Riklis. The meeting was attended by a rather extraordinary collectionof 
people, according to eyewitness accounts and news reports: 

* Sharon 

* Henry A. Kissinger, by now the head of a private international 
consulting firm, Kissinger Associates; 

* Major Louis Mortimer Bloomfield, a Montreal attorney who attended 
the meeting representing the Bronfman family interests. Bloomfield had 
been a World War II operative of the super-secret British Special 
Operations Executive (SOE), later becoming a partner in the 
British-American-Canadian Corporation, a postwar front for British 
Intelligence operations in North America. In the late 1950s, Bloomfield 
setup the Permindex Corporation ("Permanent Industrial Expositions"), 
which was accused of being involved in both the assassination of 
President John F. Kennedy and the attempted assassination of French 
President Charles DeGaulle. In addition to being the attorney for Edgar 
Bronfman (he reportedly attended the Sharon ranch meeting as the 
Bronfman representative), Bloomfield had been a close associate of 





3t iona 1 Credit B * nk ' ® Tibor Rosenbaum and had been also lini^rt 
'3? the Permindex board to Jewish mob lawyer Roy Cohn linked 
^%irty- Rafi Eytan, a career Mossad officer and Knot ime 
political ally of Ariel Sharon. Eytan held two posts within the Beain 
government. He was the head of the Prime Minister's Office of Terror 
Against Terror, an elite covert operations unit deployed to conduct 
secret operations against Arab and Palestinian ’’enemies” of the State of 
Israel* He was also the head of LAKAM, a little known espionage unit in 
the Defense Ministry responsible for technical intelligence gathering. 
LAKAM ran Israeli-Soviet spy Jonathan Jay Pollard. 

* General Rehavam Ze'evi, a former Israeli Defense Force officer 
who had quit the military in 1977 to become a ’’private" 
counter-terrorist consultant to the government of Ecuador. This move to 
South America was made on behalf of Ariel Sharon and the Israeli mafia. 
Ze'evi was implicated in the 1980 military coup d'etat in Bolivia which 
installed the infamous "Cocaine Colonels," under whose direction Bolivia 
emerged as the world's leading coca producer and business partner of the 
Medellin Cartel. By the time of the Sharon ranch meeting, Ze'evi had 
been brought back officially into the Begin government as a consultant 
to the Justice Ministry. This did not prevent him from joining with 
Sharon in a widely publicized 1981 tour of Central America in which the 
two former Israeli generals setup an elaborate network of arms 
traffickers who would work in conjunction with the emerging Latin 
American drug trafficking apparatus. 

* Arieh Genger, the Vice President of Riklis' Rapid America 

Corporation, who would soon become Sharon's deputy at the Israeli 
Defense Ministry responsible for overseas arms sale. That post placed 
Genger in liason with the arms traffickers installed all over the 
Caribbean region by Ze'evi and Sharon. . ^ ^ ^ . . , 

* Eli Landau, an Israeli journalist and right-hand man to Ariel 

Sharon^e^o nc j meeting took place on October 15, 1982 in the Chou f 
Mountain region of Lebanon, a then occupied by Israeli military forces 
under the command of Defense Minister Ariel Sharon. Sharon, Lebanese 
1111 — — Australian newspaper magnate Rupert 

Lebanese government officials and wr 
uIr~Dan'were in attendance. Dan would author a laudatory biography of 


Falanae boss Camille Chamoun, Australian newspaper magnate Kupert 
Murdoch several Israeli and Lebanese government officials and writer 
nir Dan were in attendance. Dan would author a laudatory biography oi 
Uir Dan were third meeting aimed at drawing in investors to the 

JSdJciS ogiaSon “cSrref ^London on November 15. 1982 .. In addition 


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f-n chamn and Henrv Kissinger, the attendees included: 

CarfiJSSn by no?a partner with Kissinger in the Kissinger Associates 

Harlech (Sir David Ormsby-Gore ) , the British ambassador in 
firm; Lord Hariecn (bir uavx * ' , nd close allv of 


T7 ii ;rL ( i an Amerv: British Zionist Sir Edmund Peer; ana 

chie£ Bichol “ Elliot ' 

stil i. “ Be n i ° r w ^ietv a o£°front men and front organizations, the 
participants in the series o^Ljndsea. 

irSerSsfleft^? $ere P sS=m<=ally designated as Mosle* and Christian 
9U '‘"y I tie end of the 1980s, the foundations had been laid for the final 


jwindscamt the mass exodus of Soviet t 
??•* ®*P ulsion of all the Arabs . 


soviet Jews t ' 

- Arabs residing in tjf occup?l the 
At this stage, another Anti-Defamatinn t Upied 

to assume the pivotal role in the proa™™ L ? a 9 ue Lansky man R t a n ^ , 

ADL National Chairman Kenneth Bialkin 9 haH " ln much thesame wav P t > K d «- in 
billions of dollars in crime revenues ! n °ir Been the rlpatrlatio^of 
and real estate domains during the 1970s and ?QftA S * cor P°rate, bankinl 
The point man was Edgar Bronfman tL ™ 1980s. anxmg 

bootlegger Sam Bronfman and the heir - a?J!« n ?5u P J: ohibition Era 
and several cousins - to the Seagrams whisklv brother Charles 

family epitomized the syndicate success f«™£i! Pi S e ' The Bronfman 
to riches to respectability. s for mulai from rags to rackets 

Edgar Bronfman's grandfather Yechid 
Bessarabia region of Romania in 1889 as « Canada from the 
the Baron de Hirsch Fund, by then alreadi rt^o? 1 i ?f? nbur ® d servant to 
Brith. At this time, top British zioni • allied Wlth the B'nai 
Baron Alfred de Rothschild and Maurice de H i?sch had *° ses Montefiore, 
the Hudson Bay Company, the British Colonial So . trUC \ a 2 eal w t th 

gSL?jSl.ir^S2iS! 2 S“£- 

Saskatchewan. It was here that Techiei r Bron£man n ianded. Manit ° ba a " d 

. (t *® nam ® in y iddish literally means 

liquorman ) to lan on the shores of North America immediately got 
himself involved in the rackets, eventually opening up a string of whore 
houses. When Canadian Prohibition began in 1915, Yechiel Bronfman's 
whore houses became the illegal nightclubs, where bootlegged whiskey, 
smuggled across the border from the United States, would be served. 

Canada's experiment with Prohibition ended as the American 
Prohibition was beginning, and Yechiel Bronfman and his sons, Abe and 
Sam were already in a position to shift from purchasers to suppliers of 
illegal whiskey - and narcotics. In 1916, Abe and Sam Bronfman had 
parlayed the family's bootleg and prostitution revenues into the 
ownership of the Pure Drug Company. The company, according to some 
accounts, began importing narcotics from the Far East into Canada. It 
fe is certain that the production facilities of the Pure Drug Company begar 
w churning out cheap whiskey to flood the American markets once 
Prohibition began in the United States. The 

Bronfmans were the principle suppliers of the Meyer Lansky National 
Crime Syndicate throughout the Prohibition period. The family amassed t 
fortune selling "chickencock" - the name given to their whiskey. 
According to U.S. government records, between 1920 and 1930, over 34,00< 
Americans died of alcohol poisoning drinking the Bronfman brew. 

When Canadian police moved against the "Bronfman Gang" in 1926, 
Yechiel ' s four sons set up the Atlas Shipping Company to ship their 
whiskey to the Caribbean where it was transferred to boats owned by th< 
Reinfeld Syndicate the "Jewish Navy" and other Lansky syndicate rum 
runners . 

At the close of Prohibition, Sam Bronfman negotiated a deal with th< 
u*S. Treasury Department to pay several million dollars in back taxes - 
• miniscule portion of the illegal profits the family derived from the 
Prohibition whiskey and drug running. The purpose of the payment was t< 
«-lear the decks for the Bronfman family's overnite transformation into 


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^ rfnL int-n a "iftrT^ <Br ? n ^ n sons had transformed their bootleg 
T? bus f ness - Seagrams Distillers of Canada. 

In tb ® . tbe ^ am ily would move, by marriage, into the 

very center of the Zionist Establishment of North America. Edgar 
Bronfman married Ann Loeb and immediately became attached to the Loeb 
Rhodes interests of Wall Street. Phyllis Bronfman married Jean Lambert 
and suddenly the Bronfmans were in the extended Rothschild family. 

Baron Lambert was part of the Belgian branch of the Rothschild clan. The 
New York investment house of Drexel Burnham Lambert, that would play 
such a pivotal role in Kenneth Bialkin's later corporate takeover 
schemes, were absorbed into the Bronfman orbit. 

Even while the Bronfman family pursued a steady march from rags to 
rackets to riches to respectability, some members of the core family 
could not wholly abandon the old syndicate ties. 

In 1972, the Montreal Crime Commission issued a report identifying 
Edgar Bronfman's nephew Mitchell Bronfman as a crime partner of one of 
Montreal's leading gangsters, Willie Obront. According to the report, 
[Mitchell Bronfman's links to Obront "extends into illegal activities in 
which they have mutually or jointly indulged . . . the special kinds of 
favors they did for each other and the resulting advantages of each in 
the fields of loan sharking, gambling, illegal betting, securities, tax 
evasion and corruption." In the mid-1970s, Obront and another Mitchell 
Bronfman cronie, Sam Rosen, were both jailed for drug money laundering. 
One joint venture of Obront and Bronfman, the North Miami nightclub 
Pagoda North, was identified by American law enforcement authorities as 
a syndicate hangout frequented by Vito Genovese, the New York City Mafia 
boss . 

Edgar Bronfman, the president of the World Jewish Congress, the 
Honorary Vice Chairman of the Anti-Defamation League and the Chairman 

the ADL's key fundraising arm, the Northeast Appeal, was another major 
beneficiary of the Skadden Arps law firms expertise in corporate 
takeovers . 

In the mid-1980s, Irving Shapiro, the Chairman of the Board of the 
DuPont Chemical Corporation, one of America's oldest and largest 
industrial concerns, retired from his corporate post to become a partner 
in Skadden Arps. Shortly after his arrival at the law firm, Edgar 
Bronfman's Seagrams Corporation began buying up stock in the DuPont 
company, eventually taking over a controlling interest. Shapiro, who 
worked closely with Bronfman during his tenure as President of the 
Business Roundtable, was reportedly a key inside player in the Bronfman 
takeover of DuPont. 

Parenthetically, after his shift from DuPont to Skadden Arps, Irving 
Shapiro helped recruit his son Isaac to the firm as well. Isaac brought 



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a i'J, who had been his clients at his previous firm, the Blueblood 
Milbank, Hadley, Tweed and McCoy. 

Armed with a string of prestigious titles as a leading Zionist 
philanthropist and corporate billionaire, Edgar Bronfman launched a 
systematic effort in the mid-1980s to implement Meyer Lansky's second 
dream - the syndicate takeover of Israel. 

If there was a single official of the ADL equipped to convince the 
Soviet government to open the floodgates of Jewish emigration and to 
insure that the Russian Jews landed in Israel, it was Edgar Bronfman. 

Through his Seagrams distributorships, Edgar and his brother Charles 
had cultivated a cozy relationship with some of the most powerful 
figures in the Communist world, beginning with East German Communist 
Party chief Erich Honnecker. Through the West German branch of 
Seagrams, the Bronfmans had arranged to supply the East German Communist 
Party with unlimited quantities of Seagrams liquors, which were doled 
out free of charge to the most senior ranking members of the party. By 
1986, a Bronfman emmisary in East Berlin had established close ties with 
Klaus Gysi, the East German Minister of Religious Affairs and the father 
of Honnecker's successor as head of the the Communist Party (SED), 

Gregor Gysi. The Gysis are Jewish. 

In 1988, Edgar Bronfman himself traveled to East Berlin to meet with 
Honnecker and East German Communist Party official Herman Axen. During 
that visit Bronfman pledged that he would arrange a state visit for 
Honnecker to Washington, D.C. A year later, on the eve of Honnecker's 
ouster and the overthrow of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, 
Bronfman received the highest civilian award given by the state, the 
"Peoples Friendship Medal in Gold." 

With the Cold War rapidly coming to a close following the Reykjavik 
summit meeting between Soviet leader Gorbachov and American President 
Reagan in November 1986, Bronfman began an ambitious diplomatic drive on 
Moscow, paralleling his successful courting of the East Germans. 

On January 23, 1989, according to a report published by syndicated 
columnists Evans and Novak, Edgar Bronfman held a secret meeting at his 
New York City penthouse to plan out the Soviet Jewish exodus. In 
attendance at the session was Dwayne Andreas, the chairman of the grain 
cartel Archer Daniels Midland who was identified in the Wall Street 
Journal as Gorbachov's "closest pal" in the West. Bronfman's plan was 
simples in return for assurances that the United States would supply 
urgently needed grain shipments to the Soviet Union, Moscow would allow 
Soviet Jews to move to Israel. To assure that the Soviet Jews would 


arrive in the West and then either travel to the United States or remain 
in Europe, Bronfman's World Jewish Congress had already launched a 
vicious slander campaign against Austrian President Kurt Waldheim 
branding him as a wartime Nazi collaborators who had participated in the 
extermination of the Jews of Eastern Europe. Bronfman's campaign was 
aided by forged documents allegedly provided by the Soviet KGB and other 
Soviet Bloc secret police agencies. The scandal led to a serious rift 
in American-Austrian relations. As the result, Austria, which had 
previously been the major transit point for Soviet Jews fleeina to the 
We f t ' ® hu £ to Soviet Jewish emigre. Alternative routes were^ 6 
established through Hungary and Poland - with the caveat that the Soviet 


ws would only be allowed 
Evans and Novak denounced thf I rat ? to Israel * 
trade "Jews for grain.” The^aJsh^orrf,^ ,® cheme as a cynical effort to 
least. As the heir to the "Bronfman°r dS did not bother Bronfman in the 
worse. Besides, the ADL Ln reaf^/K k ±S famil y had been called 
longstanding family debt to Mever^fn £ hat h ® was personally repaying a 
grand dream of the crime ^ La ? S , ky ' and was fulfilling the second 

B czar: the takeover of Israel.